New AS Roma signing Ashley Cole, has taken a staggering pay-cut of around £160k-a-week, which will see him earn a basic salary of £35k-a-week.
The English left-back officially completed his move to the Italian side today after the club announced they had struck a deal with the 33-year-old, but for a man nicknamed 'Cashley' by some fans, Cole has certainly took a hit on his weekly salary, according to the Daily Mail.
The former-Arsenal man left the North London side in order to join fierce-rivals Chelsea due to disagreements over contracts.
Fall out over wages
It was reported that Arsene Wenger was offering the left-back a contract worth £55k-a-week, but the defender was holding out for at least £60k, which he didn't get due to Wenger and the club choosing not to budge.
Eventually, Cole swapped Arsenal for Chelsea and was immediately offered a mega-contract, which eventually saw him earn roughly £200k-a-week during his latter stages at Stamford Bridge.
After he hit 30, due to club policy, Cole was working on 12-month rolling contracts, and this Summer, Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich made the decision not to renew his contract and released him from the club, ending his eight year stay at The Bridge.
Mourinho chose to drop Cole halfway through the season for Cesar Azpilicueta, and due to lack of game-time, the left-back was then excluded from Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, as Southampton's Luke Shaw was chosen over the veteran.
With his World Cup dream shattered, Cole then fully focused on his next career move, and despite having mega-offers from MLS, the fullback was desperate to stay in Europe so that he could continue to play in the Champions League.
Liverpool, Arsenal, AC Milan, Monaco and even Real Madrid were all linked with moves for Cole, but it was Roma who made the first formal step, and it was Roma who Cole chose.
Ready to prove himself
However, choosing the Serie A side meant Cole had to be prepared to take a mega pay-cut, reportedly around £160k-a-week, but the Englishman put pen to paper and signed a two-year deal worth £35k-a-week.
Despite the small initial sum, Cole could earn up to £80k-a-week with bonuses included.
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